Guangzhou in China locks down, Beijing closes schools due to COVID |  Business and Economy News

Guangzhou in China locks down, Beijing closes schools due to COVID | Business and Economy News

China is battling COVID outbreaks from Zhengzhou in central Henan province to Chongqing in the southwest.

Guangzhou, China, has locked down its largest district while schools in Beijing have moved to online classes as authorities battle numerous COVID-19 outbreaks across the country.

Guangzhou, a southern metropolis home to nearly 19 million people, on Monday announced a five-day lockdown for the most populous district of Baiyun, suspended food services and closed nightclubs and theaters in the main entertainment district. business.

In Beijing, where authorities have reported 962 new infections, students in schools in several districts have started studying online after authorities called on residents of some of its hardest-hit areas to stay at home.

The capital’s health authorities also reported two COVID-19-related deaths after announcing the first fatality in more than six months the day before. Medical experts outside China are widely skeptical of the country’s official COVID death toll of less than 5,300, given international experience with the virus, though Beijing’s tough restrictions have kept cases down. and deaths much lower than elsewhere.

COVID cases are rising across China, with surges in areas ranging from Zhengzhou in central Henan province to Chongqing in the southwest.

Chinese health authorities reported 26,824 local cases on Sunday, near the country’s peak in April.

As the rest of the world lives with COVID-19, China is sticking to a strict “zero COVID” strategy that relies on lockdowns, mass testing and border controls to eradicate the virus wherever it appears. .

Despite easing some COVID restrictions, including reducing quarantine for international arrivals from seven to five days and calling for more targeted measures, Beijing has repeatedly ruled out a fundamental shift away from “zero COVID”. even as public frustrations with politics grow.

Asian stock markets and oil prices fell on Monday as investors braced for further economic disruption due to rising cases.

On Monday, the People’s Daily, mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, published the latest in a series of articles stressing the need to catch cases early while avoiding a “one size fits all” response.

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